Chapter 5 – A summary of the group of prophecies
Prophecies of the book Revelations. The revelation of the sons of God, The persecution of Christians, The judgment of Muslim and other pagan nations, Israel accepts Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
I believe the church and the world is at the brink of yet another group of prophecies coming into fulfillment as you read this book. These prophecies are mainly written in the book of Revelations although quite a number of prophecies in other books also point to the time that we live in right now.
One of the most significant events recently is the fact that the Jews returned to Israel in 1948. This was an indication that the times of the gentiles are being fulfilled and this was probably the first event that will lead to the fulfillment of this group of prophecies:
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
This Scripture indicates that the Jews will be killed and they will be led into captivity into many nations. During this time, the gentiles will occupy Jerusalem. They will however only do so until the times of the gentiles is fulfilled. From 70 AD until 1948 the gentiles were treading Jerusalem under foot. The Jews however, only partially regained control over Jerusalem and Judea. As predicted in Revelations the city is still divided into three sections and under control of three different religions, Christianity, Islamism and Judaism.
The reality for the Jews is that according to many Scriptures in the Bible they will never receive what they seek in the natural. I do not think that this will ever change. For them, like the rest of the world, God had a far better spiritual heritage in mind. The blessings that God gave in His Son Jesus Christ. The blessings of a spiritual Jerusalem and a spiritual kingdom.
The fact that the Jews supernaturally returned to Israel during the twentieth century is an indication that the times of the gentiles are running out. The Jews were removed from Israel and Jerusalem for almost 2000 years. They are back in Israel! There are prophecies in the Bible in Isaiah and Hosea that confirm that God will not judge Israel forever. He will stop the punishment of Deuteronomy 28 if they as a nation turn to Christ. Yes, the temple of the rock on the temple mount will might be demolished. No, the Jews are not going to rebuild the Jewish temple again. Israel will be a Christian nation.
Before I discuss the restoration of Israel, which actually started in 1948 so to speak, I first want to discuss some of the prophecies regarding the judgment and the promised restoration:
God instructed Hosea to marry a whore. This was to be a type of the nation of Israel who is also a whore and Hosea was a type of God, who is the husband of this whore. When Gomer bare children, the names of these children, as instructed by God, had certain prophetic meanings:
And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
“Jezreel” means “scattered”. This referred to the exile of Israel by the Roman Empire in 70 AD. The kingdom of Israel literally ceased for almost 2000 years until 1948.
And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
“Loruhamah” means “unpitied”. This means that God will have absolutely no pity or mercy for Israel. This is exactly what happened from 70 AD until recently. God did not even once come to the Jews rescue right through all the ruthless persecution of the Jews since 70 AD until very recently.
Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
“Loammi” means “not my people”. For almost 2000 years God absolutely turned His back on Israel. During all this time He was not the God of Israel. The Jews were without a God just as the heathen nations that surrounds them were without a God. He refused to save them and he refused to heal them. He did not even want them to repent because of them persistently rejecting Him right through the ages.
There is only one God and that is the triune God of the church. The reality is that Judaism became a false religion just as the Muslim faith. The way Jesus addressed the pharisees in Matthew 15 and Matthew 23 is an indication of what Judaism really is. Their is actually not much differences between the two religions except that the Muslim faith is more radical and much more intolerant towards other religions than Judaism. Muslims are also much more prone to violence against other nations and other religions. Apart from this, Judaism is not that much different. Both these religions rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Both serves a god/God but both rely on own works in order to achieve righteousness. Both these religions offend God. Go read Matthew 15 and Matthew 23 again and you will see that this statement is absolutely true.
Since the kingdom of God was set up on earth by Jesus Christ, faith in Jesus Christ became the only true “religion”. The pharisees were hypocrites who embraced their own religion which is keeping their own laws and their own traditions. The Jews diverted so far away from the true Old Testament Jewish faith that the two cannot really be considered to be the same faith or religion. When Jesus Christ came in the flesh He came to find a dead religion of men. These men followed their own traditions. That is why He was so intolerant of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Judaism even in modern times have added even more traditions of men in order to counter practical problems like the lack of a temple which prevent them from truly practicing their faith. The way He spoke to and of them was really significant. Please read this whole chapter. It clearly explains and proves the wrath of God towards the nation of Israel:
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
The Jews actually rejected the salvation of God through the blood of Jesus Christ in favor of their own righteousness. The Jews did not need a God. That is why they brought the wrath of God on them all along. All the judgment that Jesus prophesied in Matthew 23 all came true in 70 AD and the years that followed!
Fearful it is to fall in the hands of the living God (Heb 10:31). But God is also a very merciful God. That is the core of His nature. He is a just God but also full of mercy. That is why the Scripture suggests that Israel will repent as a nation. If a person repents, God will not ignore him. He will not leave such a person to perish and to go astray. This principal is the same with nations. The nation of Israel need to repent and according to prophecy they will repent. This fact has been prophesied more than once by more than one Old Testament prophet. It will happen at a time when nations will be gathered together against Israel:
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;
14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
This prophecy in Zechariah 12 is to be fulfilled sometime between now and the end of the Millennial reign. My personal opinion is that it will happen at the start of the Millennial reign or soon after that. When exactly I do not know. Do not forget that we might already be in the Millennial reign. What I do know is that the Jews will remember the one they pierced, Jesus Christ. They will mourn over Him and they will repent. If we take the fact that Israel is again an independent nation into consideration, then this onslaught onto Israel might be closer than we think. We know that Iran and many other Muslim nations are at this moment getting strategies into place to wipe Israel from the face of the earth,. They want to chase them into the sea. Make no mistake about this, Israel faced a lot of challenges since its independence and those challenges are just growing by the day. This is what the Bible says about the time of this prophecy:
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
This Scripture tells us that Israel will only be blinded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ until the fullness of the gentiles materialized. The meaning of the word “fullness” in this Scripture is “maturity”. Based on this the church is on the brink of maturity.
Luke 21:24 says that Jerusalem will be trodden under foot until the time of the gentiles is fulfilled. The time of the gentiles started running out since the Jewish nation gained partial control over Jerusalem and part of the land (1948).
A few events will come into play almost simultaneously: The time of the gentiles will completely run out. This might happen when God delivers Israel from all these nations that seek to destroy the Jewish nation. Israel repents and turns to Christ during this event. Israel, with the help of God, will defeat their enemies. The church, which now includes the nation of Israel, will mature and come into victory. Many nations and many people will turn to God in the biggest revival ever. The church will subdue this earth and she will reign in the kingdom of God according to the will of God and according to the kingdom principles of God.
To Israel it is going to appear that the whole world is against it and that they are facing total isolation and probably total destruction. We have already seen this happening. Apart from the years of war and tension between Israel and the Arab nations, Hamas, the Palestinians and other Anti-Semite nations, the BDS campaign is yet another threat against Israel. The threat against Israel is definitely going to include betrayal. Even nations that used to support Israel are going to turn their backs on them.
Yes, Israel will be united as one under one head. Judah and Israel will not be divided into two kingdoms anymore. They will be ruled by only one King sitting on the throne of David. That will be the King of kings, of the seed of David. The true King of Israel; Jesus Christ. This means that Israel as a nation will take up their place in the church of Christ. Christ is the head of the church and together with Israel we are one body. There is no difference between Greek and Jew (Romans 10:12) It is still and has always been “One new man”.
Please do not misunderstand the circumstances and the truths about the restoration of the natural Israel. If you read the book that I recommended, The Hope Of Israel, written by Philip Mauro, you will understand that the natural Israel is not to inherit with the church other than the spiritual blessings that God promised the church. The spiritual Jerusalem is the true Jerusalem of God and the spiritual Israel is the true Israel of God. The spiritual Jew is the true Jew.
A “Christian” Jewish nation will not differ at all from any other Christian nation. The natural Jerusalem will be to the Jew like Washington is to America. Jerusalem is not a special city since the day that the Jews rejected Christ. The natural Jerusalem was replaced by the spiritual Jerusalem.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
God did burn up the Jewish city of Jerusalem in 70 AD when the city and temple was completely destroyed by Titus.
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
The old and natural city of Jerusalem is regarded by God as a bad place, like Sodom and Egypt. The new Jerusalem is a spiritual city that descended from heaven. That city differs a lot from the natural Jerusalem. It is a city without a temple. I wrote a lot about this city in another chapter in this book. The important fact to remember here is that Israel might never, as God promised, fully have control over Jerusalem ever again. Even if they do gain control over Jerusalem and the temple-mount, the Jews will not attempt to build a temple for God. Even the Jews will regard the natural city as just another city of the earth. They will regard Jesus Christ as the true temple of God and they will not revert back to animal sacrifices. The new or the spiritual Jerusalem will be to the Jew what it is to the Christian on that day when they turn to Christ.
The maturity of the church
Jesus Christ and the angels will judge all these nations that stand in the way of the church and Israel. Yet a lot of people within these nations will turn to Christ. As I also mentioned in the introductory pages of this report, the church will be a victorious church. Do not forget that things will at first go really bad but then things are going to turn around for the good. Millions of people will get saved in the next few years. Whole nations are going to turn to God. The world will slowly become a better place.
In the mean time, whilst this is happening in Israel, the sons of God will be revealed and they will take the world by storm. They will be responsible for the most wonderful and most powerful revival in the history of the church. The church will slowly take up their position of kingship and they will slowly submit the world to the reign of God. It will be like the days of the Roman Empire; they will consume the nations from within. Many people will reject their heathen religions and they will turn to Christ. Even Muslim nations and other pagan nations will turn to Christ.
The following is a stunning vision given to American preacher Tommy Hicks (who was a central figure in the powerful 1954 Argentina Revival):
VISION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE END TIMES MINISTRIES
My message begins July 25, about 2:30 in the morning at Winnipeg, Canada. I had hardly fallen asleep when the vision and the revelation that God gave me came before me. The vision came three times, exactly in detail, the morning of July 25, 1961. I was so stirred and so moved by the revelation that this has changed my complete outlook upon the body of Christ, and upon the end times ministries.
The greatest thing that the church of Jesus Christ has ever been given lies straight ahead. It is so hard to help men and women to realize and understand the thing that God is trying to give his people in the end times.
I received a letter several weeks ago from one of our native evangelists down in Africa, down in Nairobi. This man and his wife were on their way to Tanganyika. They could neither read nor could they write, but we had been supporting them for over two years. As they entered into the territory of Tanganyika, they came across a small village. The entire village was evacuating because of a plague that had hit the village. He came across natives that were weeping, and he asked them what was wrong.
They told him of their mother and father who had suddenly died, and they had been dead for three days. They had to leave. They were afraid to go in; they were leaving them in the cottage. He turned and asked them where they were. They pointed to the hut and he asked them to go with him, but they refused. They were afraid to go.
The native and his wife went to this little cottage and entered in where the man and woman had been dead for three days. He simply stretched forth his hand in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and spoke the man’s name and the woman’s name and said, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to come back to your bodies.” Instantaneously these two heathen people who had never known Jesus Christ as their Savior sat up and immediately began to praise God. The spirit and the power of God came into the life of those people.
To us that may seem strange and a phenomenon, but that is the beginning of these end times ministries. God is going to take the do-nothings, the nobodies, the unheard-of, the no-accounts. He is going to take every man and every woman and he is going to give to them this outpouring of the Spirit of God.
In the book of Acts we read that “In the last days,” God said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” I wonder if we realized what he meant when God said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” I do not think I fully realized nor could I understand the fullness of it, and then I read from the book of Joel: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain -” (Joel 2:23). It is not only going to be the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, but he is going to give to his people in these last days a double portion of the power of God!
As the vision appeared to me after I was asleep, I suddenly found myself in a great high distance. Where I was, I do not know. But I was looking down upon the earth. Suddenly the whole earth came into my view. Every nation, every kindred, every tongue came before my sight from the east and the west, the north and the south. I recognized every country and many cities that I had been in, and I was almost in fear and trembling as I beheld the great sight before me: and at that moment when the world came into view, it began to lightning and thunder.
As the lightning flashed over the face of the earth, my eyes went downward and I was facing the north. Suddenly I beheld what looked like a great giant, and as I stared and looked at it, I was almost bewildered by the sight. It was so gigantic and so great. His feet seemed to reach to the north pole and his head to the south. Its arms were stretched from sea to sea. I could not even begin to understand whether this be a mountain or this be a giant, but as I watched, I suddenly beheld a great giant. I could see his head was struggling for life. He wanted to live, but his body was covered with debris from head to foot, and at times this great giant would move his body and act as though it would even raise up at times. And when it did, thousands of little creatures seemed to run away. Hideous creatures would run away from this giant, and when he would become calm, they would come back.
All of a sudden this great giant lifted his hand towards heaven, and then it lifted its other hand, and when it did these creatures by the thousands seemed to flee away from this giant and go into the darkness of the night.
Slowly this great giant began to rise and as he did, his head and hands went into the clouds. As he rose to his feet he seemed to have cleansed himself from the debris and filth that was upon him, and he began to raise his hands into the heavens as though praising the Lord, and as he raised his hands, they went even unto the clouds.
Suddenly, every cloud became silver, the most beautiful silver I have ever known. As I watched this phenomenon it was so great I could not even begin to understand what it all meant. I was so stirred as I watched it, and I cried unto the Lord and I said, “Oh Lord, what is the meaning of this.” and I felt as if I was actually in the Spirit and I could feel the presence of the Lord even as I was asleep.
And from those clouds suddenly there came great drops of liquid light raining down upon this mighty giant, and slowly, slowly, this giant began to melt, began to sink itself in the very earth itself, and as he melted, his whole form seemed to have melted upon the face of the earth, and this great rain began to come down. Liquid drops of light began to flood the very earth itself and as I watched this giant that seemed to melt, suddenly it became millions of people over the face of the earth. As I beheld the sight before me, people stood up all over the world! They were lifting their hands and they were praising the Lord.
At that very moment there came a great thunder that seemed to roar from the heavens. I turned my eyes toward the heavens and suddenly I saw a figure in white, in glistening white – the most glorious thing that I have ever seen in my entire life. I did not see the face, but somehow I knew it was the Lord Jesus Christ, and he stretched forth his hand, and as he did, he would stretch it forth to one, and to another, and to another. And as he stretched forth his hand upon the nations and the people of the world – men and women – as he pointed toward them, this liquid light seemed to flow from his hands into them, and a mighty anointing of God came upon them, and those people began to go forth in the name of the Lord.
I do not know how long I watched it. It seemed it went into days and weeks and months. And I beheld this Christ as he continued to stretch forth his hand; but there was a tragedy. There were many people as he stretched forth his hand that refused the anointing of God and the call of God. I saw men and women that I knew. People that I felt would certainly receive the call of God. But as he stretched forth his hand toward this one and toward that one, they simply bowed their head and began to back away. And each of those that seemed to bow down and back away, seemed to go into darkness. Blackness seemed to swallow them everywhere.
I was bewildered as I watched it, but these people that he had anointed, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, in Africa, England, Russia, China, America, all over the world, the anointing of God was upon these people as they went forward in the name of the Lord. I saw these men and women as they went forth. They were ditch diggers, they were washerwomen, they were rich men, they were poor men. I saw people who were bound with paralysis and sickness and blindness and deafness. As the Lord stretched forth to give them this anointing, they became well, they became healed, and they went forth!
And this is the miracle of it – this is the glorious miracle of it – those people would stretch forth their hands exactly as the Lord did, and it seemed as if there was this same liquid fire in their hands. As they stretched forth their hands they said, “According to my word, be thou made whole.”
As these people continued in this mighty end times ministry, I did not fully realize what it was, and I looked to the Lord and said, “What is the meaning of this?” And he said, “This is that which I will do in the last days. I will restore all that the cankerworm, the palmerworm, the caterpillar – I will restore all that they have destroyed. This, my people, in the end times will go forth. As a mighty army shall they sweep over the face of the earth.”
As I was at this great height, I could behold the whole world. I watched these people as they were going to and fro over the face of the earth. Suddenly there was a man in Africa and in a moment he was transported by the Spirit of God, and perhaps he was in Russia, or China or America or some other place, and vice versa. All over the world these people went, and they came through fire, and through pestilence, and through famine. Neither fire nor persecution, nothing seemed to stop them.
Angry mobs came to them with swords and with guns. And like Jesus, they passed through the multitudes and they could not find them, but they went forth in the name of the Lord, and everywhere they stretched forth their hands, the sick were healed, the blind eyes were opened. There was not a long prayer, and after I had reviewed the vision many times in my mind, and I thought about it many times, I realized that I never saw a church, and I never saw or heard a denomination, but these people were going in the name of the Lord of Hosts. Hallelujah!
As they marched forth in everything they did as the ministry of Christ in the end times, these people were ministering to the multitudes over the face of the earth. Tens of thousands, even millions seemed to come to the Lord Jesus Christ as these people stood forth and gave the message of the kingdom, of the coming kingdom, in this last hour. It was so glorious, but it seems as though there were those that rebelled, and they would become angry and they tried to attack those workers that were giving the message.
God is going to give the world a demonstration in this last hour as the world has never known. These men and women are of all walks of life, degrees will mean nothing. I saw these workers as they were going over the face of the earth. When one would stumble and fall, another would come and pick him up. There were no “big I” and “little you,” but every mountain was brought low and every valley was exalted, and they seemed to have one thing in common – there was a divine love, a divine love that seemed to flow forth from these people as they worked together, and as they lived together. It was the most glorious sight that I have ever known. Jesus Christ was the theme of their life. They continued and it seemed the days went by as I stood and beheld this sight. I could only cry, and sometimes I laughed. It was so wonderful as these people went throughout the face of the whole earth, bringing forth in this last end time.
As I watched from the very heaven itself, there were times when great deluges of this liquid light seemed to fall upon great congregations, and that congregation would lift up their hands and seemingly praise God for hours and even days as the Spirit of God came upon them. God said, “I will pour my Spirit upon all flesh,” and that is exactly this thing. And to every man and every woman that received this power, and the anointing of God, the miracles of God, there was no ending to it.
We have talked about miracles. We have talked about signs and wonders, but I could not help but weep as I read again this morning, at 4 o’clock this morning the letter from our native workers. This is only the evidence of the beginning for one man, a “do-nothing, an unheard-of,” who would go and stretch forth his hand and say, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to flow into your body.” I dropped to my knees and began to pray again, and I said, “Lord, I know that this time is coming soon!”
And then again, as these people were going about the face of the earth, a great persecution seemed to come from every angle.
Suddenly there was another great clap of thunder, that seemed to resound around the world, and I heard again the voice, the voice that seemed to speak, “Now this is my people. This is my beloved bride.” And when the voice spoke, I looked upon the earth and I could see the lakes and the mountains. The graves were opened and people from all over the world, the saints of all ages, seemed to be rising. And as they rose from the grave, suddenly all these people came from every direction. From the east and the west, from the north and the south, and they seemed to be forming again this gigantic body. As the dead in Christ seemed to be rising first, I could hardly comprehend it. It was so marvelous. It was so far beyond anything I could ever dream or think of.
But as this body suddenly began to form, and take shape again, it took shape again in the form of this mighty giant, but this time it was different. It was arrayed in the most beautiful gorgeous white. Its garments were without spot or wrinkle as its body began to form, and the people of all ages seemed to be gathered into this body, and slowly, slowly, as it began to form up into the very heavens, suddenly from the heavens above, the Lord Jesus came, and became the head, and I heard another clap of thunder that said, “This is my beloved bride for whom I have waited. She will come forth even tried by fire. This is she that I have loved from the beginning of time.”
As I watched, my eyes suddenly turned to the far north, and I saw seemingly destruction: men and women in anguish and crying out, and buildings in destruction. Then I heard again, the fourth voice that said, “Now is My wrath being poured out upon the face of the earth.” From the ends of the whole world, the wrath of God seemed to be poured out and it seemed that there were great vials of God’s wrath being poured out upon the face of the earth. I can remember it as though it happened a moment ago. I shook and trembled as I beheld the awful sight of seeing the cities, and whole nations going down into destruction.
I could hear the weeping and wailing. I could hear people crying. They seemed to cry as they went into caves, but the caves in the mountains opened up.
They leaped into water, but the water would not drown them. There was nothing that could destroy them. They were wanting to take their lives, but they could not. Then again I turned my eyes to this glorious sight, this body arrayed in beautiful white, shining garments. Slowly, slowly, it began to lift from the earth, and as it did, I awoke. What a sight I had beheld! I had seen the end times ministries – the last hour. Again on July 27, at 2:30 in the morning, the same revelation, the same vision came again exactly as it did before.
My life has been changed as I realized that we are living in that end time, for all over the world God is anointing men and women with this ministry. It will not be doctrine. It will not be a “churchianity”. It is going to be Jesus Christ. They will give forth the word of the Lord, and are going to say, “I heard it so many times in the vision and according to my word it shall be done.”
– Tommy Hicks
The sons of God
Who are the sons of God? Why was Paul so mysterious about their revelation. I mean, he could have said more than what he did in Romans 8.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Why did Paul mention this in a letter that he wrote so many years after the birth of the church in about 57 AD? Have a close look to these statements that Paul made in Romans 8: He said that the whole creation is waiting on something (verse19). That something is not God, it is the sons of God (verse 19). He said that creation is waiting to be delivered (verse 21).
Paul wrote this well after the birth of the church. He wrote it well after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He wrote it well after many people came to Christ. He wrote it well after Christ left this earth when He ascended to heaven. He wrote it well after many people walked this earth, preaching the gospel of Christ, laying their hands on the sick and casting out demons. It is obvious here that although Christians were already delivering people, in the Name and in the power of Christ Jesus, they were not delivering creation which was still in bondage (verse 20-21). It is interesting to note that Romans 7 and 8 are all about spiritual development, holiness and spiritual growth and maturity in order that we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
In 57 AD the sons of God were not yet revealed. There is also no indication in the entire New-Testament that they were revealed. There is also no indication that the sons of God were revealed right through the history of the church. This means that this prophecy still needs to be fulfilled. Again I ask, “Why is the curse of the whole creation linked to the revelation of the sons of God?”
Jesus removed the curse for the church, why not for the rest of the creation? Why is the whole creation not waiting for the revelation of Christ? Why for the revelation of the sons of God? Because God was never going to subdue the earth. He was never going to reign over this earth other than through His sons.
Right through the New-Testament it is clear that children of God will spiritually mature to the same stature as Jesus Christ Himself.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
Romans 8:29 confirms that there will be children of God who will be conformed to the image of Christ. This is a gradual process. It will take time to reach this state or position in Christ. Ephesians 4:13 confirms that these children of God will be three important things; perfect, the same measure of the fullness of Christ and the same stature of the fullness of Christ. Do you know anyone who reached perfection? Do you know anyone who reached the same measure of the fullness of Christ? Do you know anyone who reached the same stature of the fullness of Christ? I do not think so but I am pretty sure that this is about to happen.
Again, why is creation waiting for the revelation or the manifestation of the sons of God? The church actually do not see the revelation of the sons of God as a reality. They do not understand the Scriptures referring to the revelation of the sons of God. They actually do not see a revival coming. What does the church see in terms of end times events? They only see destruction and they are waiting upon the rapture as a result of this destruction. They are waiting for Christ to come and snatch the church out of the crushing claws of the enemy.
Whilst they observe the downward spiral in terms of ungodliness, bad and evil moral standards, and negative expectations reaching its lowest point, they are all getting ready for a heavenly journey. In their passiveness they expect to be saved from all this destruction and moral decay. It never dawned unto them that this might not be God’s plans for this earth. And this is exactly why the enemy invented the well known and very popular end times doctrines that the Roman Catholic church gave us. Those monks and priests, within just a few hundred years after the birth of the church, invented these doctrines for exactly this purpose. This is what Andrew Strom has to say about this:
Some Christians have opposed the idea that there will be any great Revival at the end of the age. They point out that according to the Scriptures, the end times church will be in a state of almost complete spiritual bankruptcy – materialistic, carnal, lukewarm – “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”. Surely such a church would be in no state to bring in such a great `harvest’ in Jesus’ name? And in this respect we have to admit that WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS ABSOLUTELY REASONABLE AND CORRECT. Indeed, the Scriptures on the subject are universal in the picture they paint of an end times church that is virtually apostate and Laodicean in every respect. How can such a church ever be part of the greatest Revival in history? The answer to this question is very simple: IT CAN’T!
Just as with many previous moves of God right down through the ages, God has made it very clear that once again, only a “remnant” of believers, who have willingly gone through the necessary preparation, will have a part in the coming Revival. Those who refuse to submit to this preparation process, preferring to remain in their present `Laodicean’ state – will clearly have no part whatsoever in the coming move of God. Rather, just as Jesus has promised, the lukewarm are to be “spewed” out of the mouth of God (Rev 3:16). * (This does not mean that they will be lost but it may result in them not being part of the bride – See the information on this subject at this link: bibleforums.org/showthread.php/248187-Hell-and-outer-darkness-are-they-the-same)
The Bible makes it very clear that God cannot live with a `blessings’ -obsessed, Laodicean-type church. And in this world of increasing darkness, it becomes doubly imperative that God has a people in the earth who are shining forth His light with the greatest possible effectiveness. This is what the coming Reformation is all about – finding and cleansing and anointing such a people so that they can shine forth His light in all the earth. This is why such a massive `shaking’ and repentance must first come upon the church. God must find and raise up such a people.
And as always, only a “remnant” who embrace this dealing of God will make it through into the coming move, just as only a remnant of the Israelites who left Egypt made it through into the promised land. The rest were overthrown by God in the wilderness. We live in the most awesome of days – the days of separation, judgment and “harvest” spoken about in Mt 13:24-43. And this entire process must first begin in God’s own house (1 Pe 4:17).
It is interesting to note in the parable of the tares and the wheat (Mt 13), that at the end of the age it is the `false wheat’ in God’s kingdom that is bundled together (unified) first and separated from the true wheat. When this separating process is complete, we see God’s judgment fall upon these `tares’. As history clearly shows, God is very patient, but the time must come for the `sifting’ and judgment of His people. While there is still true wheat among the tares, the tares are relatively safe. But as soon as this separating process is complete, the tares are in imminent danger of falling under the judgment fire of God’s holy wrath. He will not forever stand for a people who cause His name to be mocked and brought into an open shame.
Meanwhile, God’s true remnant will be being purified, tried as by fire, until every impurity is gone – prepared as a Bride fit for her King – pure and holy, “without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing” (Eph 5:27). This will be the company of saints who will bring in the great last-days harvest of souls, and who will preach the gospel of the kingdom in all the earth with great authority and power, and with signs and wonders following, before the end comes.
AN OPEN VISION OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
The following is a vision that was given to a friend of mine who is very experienced in this `prophetic’ area, late in 1993. This gentleman has many years of Christian ministry behind him, and in the last few years has been given a number of stunning dreams and visions about the coming move of God. However, he told me that this particular vision was one of the most powerful of all. It unfolded before his eyes like a movie in technicolor, with God speaking to him about aspects of it as he watched.
Basically, it was a traditional wedding scene. The radiantly beautiful Bride had just stepped out of the Cathedral and was standing on the top step, just outside. My friend was told that the Bride was LEAVING `CHRISTENDOM’ (AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT) FOREVER, leaving the `church’ system behind. The Groom (who was Jesus) took her arm, so that He could lead her down and proudly display His beautiful Bride to all the world.
Still inside the Cathedral were all the relatives (these were the various `streams’ and denominations of the church as we know it). Suddenly, while the Bride was still on the top step, an invisible hand gave her a beautiful lily (which had been plucked out by the roots). This was her bridal `bouquet’ (her new anointing, perhaps?) and for some reason it seemed to be given to her rather late. She threw this bouquet backwards, and some of her relatives in the church, who had been watching her with great jealousy and awe, made a grab for the bouquet. Two of them seemed to snatch it up. The Groom then led the Bride down the steps and through the huge crowd of cheering people down below, who had been unable to get into the Cathedral. In a later vision, my friend was shown that after they had made their way through this huge throng, the happy couple were then taken away on their honeymoon, which was to last for a thousand years.
When speaking of the `end of the age’, Jesus Himself often used `wedding’- type analogies. In the parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins, for instance (which is again obviously referring to CHRISTIANS), Jesus again divides the believers into two groups. When the watchman cries, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!”, fully HALF of the (supposedly `Spirit-filled’) Christians suddenly find that there is a severe lack of “oil” in their lamps! Because of this, they are completely shut out of the marriage feast. Again, in Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast (Mt 22 v1-14), the King sends out His servants to tell those who have been `invited’ that everything is now ready, and that it is time to come and celebrate His Son’s marriage. But these `invited’ ones make light of it, maltreating His servants and refusing to attend. The King then sends His armies to destroy their city and raze it to the ground, and sends out His servants once again, into the highways and byways, compelling everybody, `both good and bad’ to come in and rejoice with Him at the marriage of His Son.
Like that last parable, I believe that we now live in days of tremendous danger for those who have already received their `invitations’ to the coming wedding feast. As in every Revival, many who have been invited, many who `should be there’, never make it, and their places are taken by the unknowns, the outcasts, the meek, the despised and the rejected. So let those who have `reputations’ to protect, those who are counted among the “wise and prudent”, those who are seen as ‘somebodies’,- let them all beware! For these are days not only of great opportunity, but also of great danger. “For many are called but few are chosen” (Mt 22:14).
It is my belief that God is going to delight in using the “foolish things of this world to confound the wise” in this Revival. As always, He is going to use the “little” people – the people who are of no account – to humble the powerful, the successful and the mighty. He is going to take the unknowns and the outcasts, the praying solo mothers and the ex-gang-members, the “fishermen and the tax-collectors”, and He is going to anoint them and raise them up into the mightiest army of miracle-working apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc, that this world has ever known. And all they will be interested in doing is glorifying Him in every conceivable way.
When this happens, many of today’s Christian leaders will marvel, just as the scribes and Chief Priests `marveled’ at the boldness of Peter and John when they saw that they were “unlearned and ignorant men… and they took knowledge of them, that THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS” (Acts 4:13). That is the secret: “THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS”. And thus it will be of everyone that is used of God in this Revival. “I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes” (Mt 11:25).
I believe that many forgotten and hidden Christians, whom God has been quietly preparing for many years, will make up this radiantly lovely Bride of Christ in these last days. Like a hidden army, they will suddenly spring forth as if from nowhere, to take the field in the name of the Lord and of righteousness. Thus it has always been, and always will be, with the greatest moves of God. Hidden preparation and sudden, aggressive mobilization have been the keys to many of God’s greatest victories in the past, and this time will be no different.
Be assured of this: Jesus must have His virgin Bride. He cannot return until a Bride is prepared for Him that is literally “without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing”. That is what this Revival is all about: to bring into being and display His beautiful Bride to all the world. In physical terms, this `Bridal’ company of saints will not look particularly amazing or special. Like the original apostles, they will be ordinary people with an extraordinary calling and anointing. Many of them will no doubt seem a little rough or `ill-suited’ (from an outward point of view) to be endued with such power, but this will only serve to bring God all the more glory. They may not look like much on the outside, but these men and women will have hearts that are literally “as pure as snow”. They will be a people who know exactly what it means to walk in total heart purity before God. To Him, they will be vastly more precious than all of the “gold or pearls or costly array” of this entire Universe. And they will go forth with great power, “destroying the works of the devil” in His name.
THE INCREDIBLE “STREET-CHURCH” OF TOMORROW
For the past fifteen years or more, all over the world God has been warning His people of the great “shaking” and Reformation that are about to come upon His church. In 1982, for instance, in a very powerful visitation, one well- known American intercessor/leader was clearly spoken to by God: “I am going to change the understanding and expression of Christianity IN THE EARTH in one generation”. As we have seen in the vision of the Bride, she was seen leaving `Christendom’ (and all that goes with it) forever – leaving behind the `church system’ as we know it. From this and many other visions and prophecies, etc, in New Zealand, it has become obvious to us that IN ORDER TO BE PART OF THE NEW MOVE OF GOD IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO COMPLETELY LEAVE TODAY’S CHURCH SYSTEM. This is not “rebellion”. (In fact we will discuss the subtle dangers of rebellion later in this book). What God has said to us in this regard actually has a tremendous amount of historic precedent, both in Scripture and in church history, as we shall see. The reasons and the timing for this move will become much clearer as we go along.
Of course, those with a vested interest in maintaining the present church hierarchies and systems will be violently opposed to such an idea. Many reformers, such as Martin Luther, John Wesley and William Booth faced enormous opposition from the established church leadership of their day for precisely this reason. This is why true Reformation and Revival are often the most controversial and the most persecuted spiritual events of their time. And this is also why it has often been the CHRISTIANS (particularly the leaders) who have persecuted new moves of God the worst.
Something that God has made very clear to us in NZ is that the coming Revival is to be a “street-based” (or `open-air’ based) move of God. Today we have a “meetings and buildings” oriented church, a church that is hidden away in “boxes” from the eyes of the world. But, like the early church (where they met daily in the huge open-air temple courtyard – probably the most public place in all Jerusalem), and also like the mighty Wesley and Salvation Army Revivals, the coming move of God is to be truly street-based. (There will also, like the early church, be gatherings of the saints from “house to house” (Acts 2:41-47).
God is also going to use this Reformation and Revival to smash down the dividing walls that separate the Christians. Jesus has never stopped desiring that there be only “one” undivided body. Today, however, just among the Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians alone there are so many divisions, “streams” and denominations that it is almost impossible to count them all. Each division has it’s own `label’, and in many ways they operate like competing corporations, selling the same “product” under different labels (with slight variations). It’s ridiculous! And the whole church system today is set up in such a way that it just ensures that these divisions continue. These are `structural’ divisions that have been virtually set in concrete – “institutionalized” divisions that are simply accepted and perpetuated by each new generation of Christians.
God is going to smash down these `walls’ in this Revival. How? By bringing His people out from underneath all these “labels”! In one very significant vision several years ago, a NZ prophet saw God firing “flaming arrows” into the churches. These flaming arrows were `on-fire’ ministries, speaking the word of God. However, the Pastors were rushing around trying to damp down the flames! God then sent a “mighty wind” to fan the flames, and suddenly the doors of the churches burst open and all the people flooded out onto the streets to become one huge throng. I believe that this is an exact picture of what is about to take place, and in many ways it also illustrates the whole concept of “Reformation” very well.
Another local intercessor was also shown a vision relating to this several years ago, while deep in prayer. The first thing she saw was church buildings of every kind – stained glass, steeples, plain and modern, etc. This part of the vision was in black and white. The churches all looked abandoned – like a ghost town, with birds nesting in them and doors and windows askew, etc. And in each church, the intercessor saw a huge old curtain or `veil’ that was in absolute tatters.
The second part of the vision was all in color. She saw hundreds of Christians outdoors (with guitars, etc) fellowshipping together in the open air. She knew that these Christians had abandoned their church buildings and `divisions’, and were now fellowshipping freely out-of-doors. When she asked God what the huge tattered curtain in each of the abandoned churches represented, she was told that when Jesus was crucified, the veil/curtain in the temple was rent, thus allowing the people free access to the `holy of holies’. However, the churches had raised up this veil once again. But now these structures had been abandoned, thus allowing the common people free access to God’s holy-of-holies once more. What an astounding vision!
– Andrew Strom
The sons of God, the true simple church, must successfully complete what Adam and Eve failed to do. Adam and Eve was given a task by God but they failed even before they started. This work that God gave them has not been done yet. The world immediately took a bad turn and Adam and Eve and their offspring miserably failed to carry out this instruction. Man did not subdue this earth yet. The kingdom of God did not ye reign over this earth yet.
Although Christ redeemed us, the children of God also did not yet carry out the work He initially intended. The sons of God must put things right. They must successfully reign over this earth and this world as ambassadors of God Almighty. They are from heaven and their ministry will be to bring heaven down to earth. Heaven is in their hearts. They must turn this planet into a Godly planet.
The return to the Garden of Eden reality is now within all in whom Christ dwells by the Holy Spirit. The world will be transformed by that which dwells in the people of God. A restored world of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit is planted in the spirit and heart of His people. The Spirit DNA is growing the new Garden of Eden Spirit reality in the hearts of His purified people to be planted into the world.
Beyond supernatural there awaits a heavenly love passion that lifts those who find it into a mountain of peace in fresh pristine righteousness and pools of crystal clear love with rippling waves of joy unspeakable in a fruitful land known as Garden of Eden Spirit Reality.
Only a step away from natural reality, just one step through an increasingly thinned separating membrane is the heavenly Spirit reality. The reality of Spirit heaven that has come to earth to tabernacle in and with mankind.
Spirit reality is more real than natural reality. All physical existence was created by Spirit. (Heb 11:3). Spirit God created a perfect natural world and placed it in the care of perfect innocent mankind made in the image and likeness of God in a wondrously designed earthly body. (Gen 1:26). Mankind was placed in a perfect environment of a living natural Garden of Eden to tend it and oversee it. (Gen 2:8-15).
A Perfect Natural Presentation of Spirit Reality
Everything was alive with the perfect order of God’s love. All grew and prospered continuously renewing and restoring and replacing itself with everlasting life. Every living thing had its seed within itself and every system of life functioned perfectly in its place in harmony with and in support of every other part of the living world. Love brought perfect balance and order in the Garden of Eden. All things moved together in perfect harmony of obedience by love.
The perfect picture was lost when the attendant overseer of the created world broke the perfect order of oneness of Spirit God reality. Everlasting became temporal as death entered. The way of man into Spirit reality was blocked. (Gen 3: 1-26) (Gen 3:24).
All life and natural elements suffered in the tension between life and death, light and darkness throughout the natural world. Contention entered the world. Perfect balance of all things that was maintained in the perfect order of love in oneness with God was lost when mankind partook of the forbidden fruit of deciding good and evil for himself apart from God. (Gen 3:17-19).
When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His only begotten Son to suffer and die to reopen the way for mankind to again enter into oneness with God and His perfect order. (Gal 4:4-7). The Son of God came to redeem and restore the perfect natural reality of the world.
All Contention melts in Love. Perfect balance is achieved in perfect love.
When the crucified Son of God was resurrected, all of the everlasting life of every living thing and every system of order was potentially resurrected from the curse of death to the fullness of perfect life and order of Spirit reality. It was and is potential only in the sense that it required the agreement of mankind, who was and is the God-given overseer with legal rights to the order of life on the planet.
The fullness of this completed resurrection and restoration of all things is at hand.
It has waited only for the attendant overseers of the created world, mankind, to step through the now thinned spiritual membrane into Spirit reality and become the matured sons of God. Mankind will again fully represent Spirit God and order the world in full accordance with the perfect plan, purpose, and design of Almighty God.
The battle is fierce, only because the people of God have been asleep to whom and what dwells in them and thereby who they really are.
Pull out all the stops and proclaim the Spirit reality of the kingdom of God that is within you. Let perfect Love have His way in and through you. He has overcome the world. (Rom 8:16-17). In Christ we are children of God, Spirit sons of God, and joint heirs with Christ Jesus to all of the God-given love, power, and authority needed to bring forth the perfect plan and will of God in this world.
Allow the flame of God to set your soul on fire with love for God! Do whatever you have to do to be in His presence and to hear clearly His voice loving you and drawing you to come fully to Him. Make friends and spend time with loving Spirit-filled people. Select close friends who are on fire with the love of God. Do not become close with the religious naysayers or those pretending to be believers with no real evidence of Spirit God in their lives.
Seek God with your whole heart. Make your life all about God. Read the Bible, pray, seek to be filled with the Spirit of God. Read books about the fullness of the Spirit and the miraculous works of God.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,’ (Mark 12:30).
Seek the kingdom of God with your whole heart. Truly make God number one priority in your life.
Don’t believe the lie of the devil that says you do not have time for feasting on God and His word.
GOD IS NOT CALLING US TO SACRIFICIAL RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY. HE IS CALLING EACH OF US TO SEEK HIM WITH OUR WHOLE HEART.
If we fill our hearts with God, the things of this life that once consumed our time and affection will fade away and will not be missed in the light of the glory of God filling our lives.
Multitudes of us moving in full obedience and empowerment of God can release myriads of powerful angels to work with us to turn the world around in a very short amount of time. The Garden of Eden is before us and a charred wasteland behind us. There will be nothing to turn back to, and Spirit reality is before us.
Lift up your eyes to the high places from whence your help comes. (Psalm 121:1). Set your affection on things above and not on things on the earth. (Col 3:1-2). It is from the Spirit God of heaven that we receive the strength, power, and authority to become the New Jerusalem, Garden of Eden of Spirit God within us and with us.
Father God, in the name of Jesus, we call upon you to let your fire fall upon us and within us to fill us with your burning love that consumes us. Take my spirit, soul, and body for your dwelling place on earth.
Father, let the passion of your love fill my life with your life. Open the flood gates of your love and power to restore your way of life to the world in and through me.
God, I am yours alone. There is nothing or no one in my life before you; do with me as you please. I will praise you as long as there is breath in me. Only I ask, please God, may your presence never pass from me.
My heart breaks for you – tears of your love flood my soul. My Father, let your majesty and glory be fully known and seen in this world of Spirit reality. Thank you, Jesus. We worship you now and forevermore. Amen!
God made this planet and He instructed Adam and Eve to reign over it and to submit everything to the principles and dominion of God.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
This world was never subdued. It was to be the most wonderful place in the universe. Life on earth was to be wonderful. Instead chaos came in and chaos still reigns in this world. Death and destruction came instead and God’s masterpiece turned ugly. This is in a way defeat, even for God. It was to be God’s masterpiece. It was to be a wonderful place. It was to be heaven on earth! Unfortunately God’s plans failed.
God knew it would happen. He also knew that defeat will eventually be turned into a victory! Many people say that this will happen during the Millennial reign. Christ will come and he will put things right. He will make this world a better place. He will deliver creation from the curse so that it can also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. These people say that it is not the sons of God but Christ Himself that will deliver creation during the Millennial reign or just after the white throne judgment.
This is however not what Romans 8:19 and 21 imply. It clearly says that the whole creation is earnestly waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. Verse 21 says the creation is waiting for deliverance. It is actually waiting for the sons of God to deliver it. The ministry of the sons of God will have some profound influence on creation. This is what God wanted Adam and Eve to do. He wanted them to “subdue” the world according to his kingdom principles. What did God mean by that instruction?
Let us now investigate what God actually expected from Adam and Eve, according to Genesis, by looking in detail at the meaning of the different words:
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
1. The word “fruitful” in Hebrew means the following:
A primitive root; to bear fruit(literally or figuratively)
KJV Usage: bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.
2. The word “multiply” in Hebrew means the following:
A primitive root; to increase(in whatever respect)
KJV Usage: [bring in] abundance (X -antly), + archer [by mistake forH7232], be in authority, bring up, X continue, enlarge, excel, exceeding (-ly), be full of, (be, make) great (-er, -ly), X -ness), grow up, heap, increase, be long, (be, give, have, make, use) many (a time), (any, be, give, give the, have) more (in number), (ask, be, be so, gather, over, take, yield) much (greater, more), (make to) multiply, nourish, plenty (-eous), X process [of time], sore, store, thoroughly, very.
3. The word “replenish” in Hebrew means the following:
A primitive root, to fill or (intransitively)be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively)
KJV Usage: accomplish, confirm, + consecrate, be at an end, be expired, be fenced, fill, fulfill, (be, become, X draw, give in, go) fully (-ly, -ly set, tale), [over-] flow, fullness, furnish, gather (selves, together), presume, replenish, satisfy, set, space, take a [hand-] full, + have wholly.
4. The word “subdue” in Hebrew means the following:
A primitive root; to tread down; hence negatively to disregard; positively to conquer, subjugate,violate
KJV Usage: bring into bondage, force, keep under, subdue, bring into subjection.
5. The word “dominion” in Hebrew means the following:
A primitive root; to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off
KJV Usage: (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.
Let us look at the true meanings of God’s instructions:
We need to multiply but we also need to bare fruit in life. That is why Jesus came. To give us life in abundance. We need to bring forth many children for God. As a church and as a people of God we need to grow. We need to fill the earth. The truth is that the earth is totally under populated. It was never filled. It did not even come close. Vast areas and many countries are totally under populated or in many areas not populated at all for millions and millions of square kilometers. This is not what God planned.
If we could all own our own stars, there is enough stars so that each person alive and those born since Adam and Eve could all own 11 trillion stars each! And that is only taking into account the stars that we know of. That is amazing. God is not interested in just a few billion people. Do you know who and what God is? If more than 108 billion people can all personally own 11 trillion stars each, then I think God would not mind to have had a few hundred trillion or more people. Do you know how big one star is? Some are as big as the son. Some are bigger and some are smaller. We all know how small a human being is. Our God is much more greater than we can ever imagine. When this earth is correctly subdued according to God’s kingdom principles, trillions of people could be and would be successfully sustained on it.
It is quite possible to manage the world so effectively that the result is for all to be rich or to have no material lack. It is quite possible to ensure that not a single person on earth should lack anything. There should have been a state where there is nothing missing and nothing broken in the life of each individual on earth. Does that sound impossible to you? Then a big and a wonderful surprise is awaiting you. This is definitely possible and will be a reality one day.
People are the most wonderful “things” in creation. Just one person is more precious than all of creation’s precious stones and gold combined. There is no doubt that enough resources and space are available on earth to sustain a whole lot more people than we think is possible. Do not ever belief the lie that the earth is overpopulated and that there are not enough resources on earth to sustain all the people. Even with just a quarter of the worlds current population, this corrupt worldly system that we know will change nothing. People will still live in lack and in poverty. This system needs to be subdued and changed.
Fact is, mankind, including the church, never really reigned on earth yet. We did not take over this world yet. We did not yet tread anything down. We did not conquer anything yet. We did not subjugate anything yet. We did not have dominion over anything yet. We did not rule over anything yet. We did not bring evil into bondage yet. We did not force evil into submission yet. We did not bring this world into submission yet. We did not subdue evil yet. We did not subdue out of control situations and conditions on earth yet.
If we did not subdue anything yet, then we did not keep anything under yet and “keep under” was one of God’s instructions. That is one of His initial goals. The reality is that this world is in a mess. If we believe that man will not ever subdue the earth, then God’s plans for this earth miserably failed! I truly believe that this is the best concealed lie ever. God will not instruct mankind to do something that he cannot do. God equipped man so that he would be able to subdue the earth successfully.
The real meaning and consequences of the commission of Genesis 1:28 is very significant. It means that God wants to reign over this world. He wants to subdue everything to conform to His word, His standards and His ways. God always desired and still desires to showcase Himself to the whole universe through people who were made in His image. God really wants to create a world where only love, peace, hope, splendor, beauty, harmony and wonder will be the norm. He seriously wants to remove all evil things out of this world. The God of grace wants to create something so magnificent and so wonderful that it will leave any living creature in absolute awe! Our minds cannot even grasp the things to come.
The mystery is that God does not want to force all His plans down on us. He is always looking for volunteers who are obedient, who are willing, who have faith and who loves Him. He is searching the earth for people who will make His vision their vision! He is searching the earth for willing, living, holy, vessels of excellence!
Now here is the key to Gods plan for this earth: Adam and Eve failed to carry out His instructions. God then, created a new creature in His image again, this time born out of Himself, from His Spirit, of which Jesus was the first born of many others to come. The Bible says Jesus was the first born of many brothers. This creature completely differs from Adam and Eve and the peoples of the Old Testament. We read this in the book of John:
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
In verses 1 to 4 Nicodemus asked a lot of questions regarding this new thing called the “new birth”. He really wanted to understand this concept because it was totally new and unheard of. Never in history was it ever heard of a man born of water and of Spirit. 1 John 3:9 says, whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. To be born of God is something totally new. In the Old Testament people were not born of the Spirit. There is a big difference between Old Testament people and those born of God in the New-Testament.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Christians are really new creatures. We are not the same creatures as unrighteous people or as Old Testament people. We are not God but we are most certainly of the same “class” as God. That is why we are called the bride of Christ. Christ is our heavenly Bridegroom. In Revelations 21:9 one of the seven angels says, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. Marriage can only take place between two living beings of the same kind. A man cannot get married to a tiger or an elephant. Why? Because they are two different creatures. Christ cannot betroth unrighteous people because they are two different creatures. He can only betroth the church because the church is of the same class as God. Do not be confused. We are not God but we are definitely of the same “class” as God. The Bible says that we were made just a little lower than God (Not like “angels” as most Bible translators incorrectly translated this Greek word).
How does Old Testament people and Christians people differ? We see this answer in the book of Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:44-50
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
What does this Scripture really say?
Old Testament people are natural and have a natural body. Those born of God are spiritual and have spiritual bodies.
Old Testament peoples are souls. Those born of God are spirits.
Old Testament people are born of dust. Those born of God are born of water and of the Spirit.
Old Testament people are from the earth. Those born of God are from heaven.
Earthly people are like Adam. Those born of God are like the heavenly. We are like Christ.
Old Testament people bare the image of Adam. Those born of God bare the image of Christ.
Earthly people are flesh and blood and can therefore not inherit the kingdom of God. Those born of God are spirit and therefore they are joint-heirs of the kingdom of God with Christ.
Remember these very important truths: The Old Testament people (Israel) were “servants” of God, we are “sons” and “kings” of God. God lived “among” the Israelites or in their “midst”. God lives “in” the church and “in” every believer individually. Israel was the “people” or “nation” of God. The church is the “bride” and the “wife” of God. Although it appears that Israel was also the wife of God, the nation of Israel was only a type of the real bride to come which is the church. Why? Because God could not really betroth Israel. A living creature can only betroth another living creature of the same kind. Only those born of God or born of the Spirit of God, is the same kind as God. The church or the body of Christ is really a magnificent living creature. Like God, there is literally no other creature like the church. It is the only living creature that is one yet consists of many members. It is the only creature where each member thereof have a personal relationship with God and with her Bridegroom, yet this phenomenal creature stand before Him as one person or as one bride. Only the church is the bride of Christ. When Israel becomes a Christian nation they will become part of the church. It will not be the other way round. Although the natural nation of Israel does exist, the church is in fact the true spiritual Israel or the real Israel of God.
It is very clear that Christians are very different from Old Testament and unsaved people. That is why Nicodemus asked all those questions. He wanted to get clarity about this wonderful new species called the sons of God or the children of God.
Right through the Old Testament the Spirit of God could not go into people but just upon them. This was because man was not made or constructed to contain this wonderful being called the Holy Spirit inside of them yet. It was in fact impossible for the Spirit of God to dwell inside man because of this reason. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he made this wonderful experience possible. That is why He, with His first appearance to His disciples, gave them the privilege to receive and to have the Spirit inside of them:
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
This was a major thing. This was the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy not only in the book of Joel. It was also a promise the Father made to Jesus Christ a long time ago. New Testament Scriptures affirmed what God promised in the Old Testament:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
This prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. On that day mankind received the Spirit of God in its fullness. This was also prophesied by John the baptist when he said that the Lamb of God will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. It was also prophesied by Jesus Himself as recorded in Acts 1:8 when He said, ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth:
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
With this final equipping of mankind with the Holy Spirit, God empowered His sons to do His work. This made God’s sons able to do what Adam and Eve failed to do. Remember, only God’s children are able to receive the Holy Spirit.
Now think of this for a moment: God made man in His image. He instructs man to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, to subdue the earth, to reign over His creation. Man fails. God, who knew that this was going to happen, brings His ultimate plan into action. He again made man into His image but this time, He made Him to be the same “class” as Himself. According to Hebrews 2:7, as translated in the more correct earlier versions of the Bible, God made mankind a little lower than Himself (not than “angels” as incorrectly translated by Bible translators). The correct word in the Greek in Hebrew 2:7 is “God” and not angels.
These new creatures walk the earth with the Holy Spirit “INSIDE” of them. That means God walks this earth in them and with them. This means that for the first time a new species dwells this earth with unlimited power inside of them. This time, God will be able to complete what He started with Adam and Eve. Nothing changed concerning God’s plans for mankind and for the earth. The earth belongs to God and the fullness of it. Mankind is not to live anywhere else but the earth even in eternities to come. We are not going to heaven folks. We are going to stay with God on this earth forever. It is in the Bible. We are not leaving this planet. We are not going to heaven. We stay here!
Although the book of Revelations refer to a new “earth” and a new “heaven”, these words should definitely, like the rest of Revelations, be understood as symbolic language. It has all to do with the government of the earth. Not the replacement of material things with new material things. Having said that though, I absolutely do believe that the earth will literally be renewed and restored. How exactly will God do that? As suggested in the book of Romans, he will do it trough His sons. He said, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. The church will be fruitful, the church will multiply, and His sons will replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth!
These God containing creatures still have the same instructions that God gave Adam and Eve. They are to accomplish just that. Jesus was on a mission, sent by the Father. The sons of God are on a mission, sent By Jesus Christ. They have an awesome ability. They have the nature of God inside of them and they have God inside of them. This is how Jesus commissioned them to do Gods work:
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
These instructions of Jesus Christ are just some of the things the sons of God are supposed to do. Up to now this did not yet really materialize. Right through the history of the church, since Jesus left us to do His work here on earth, only a few people really did that. The rest of the church did not yet take up their position of kingship in the kingdom of God. This is about to change. God is on the brink of revealing many sons of God on a continuous basis right across the globe. Their ministry will slowly but steadily build the church up to a maturity that was never even heard of. This is a healing ministry. Only this time the church will not only heal people, the sons will also heal the earth!
The sons of God will, as I already mentioned, be instrumental in terms of the development and maturity of church. They will bring new direction into the church. They will teach the church the ways of God. They will pull the church into the right direction. Of course the wonderful reality is that Jesus Christ will actually do this IN and THROUGH the sons of God. This is the big mystery that Paul talked about: “Christ IN us”.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
The majority of Christians think that everything will deteriorate until Christ is forced to come and get us. This is in fact the message that the evil forces and evil people of this world promote. This is unfortunately also the message that the church promote. This false doctrine originated from the Catholic Church. What was the enemies strategy with this doctrine? It was to prepare the church to accept and adopt a mentality of defeat. It was also to put the church’s focus on less important issues: It is clear, preach the gospel to all nations and peoples as soon as you can and as fast as you can before the ship sinks. It is not about building up your most holy faith in Christ. It is not about spiritual maturity. What is important now are souls. The focus in the church is to get as many people saved as soon as possible and that’s it.
Romans 11:13 says, until “we all“ come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
I belief God meant what he asked Paul to write in this letter to the Ephesians. He wants us all to mature to the fullness of Christ. He really wants the church to mature and to be victorious in this world. That was and still is His plan. Many Christians do not see this happening. They are like the 10 spies of Moses who could not see Israel conquering the land of Canaan. Yes we do have Caleb’s and Gideon’s even today. They are preparing themselves for this wonderful awakening that’s coming. They are praying to God for this revival and they made themselves available as willing, mature and able servants of God. They heard His calling. They are His love-slaves and they do not fear the future one bit. They are ready to take up their kingship in the kingdom of God and they are ready to subdue this world. These people are, as Andrew Strom puts it, the “David” type of believers:
It is my belief that by-and-large, there are essentially three types of leaders or ministries operating in today’s Christian world: the ‘Sauls’, the ‘Jonathans’ and the ‘Davids’. Let us look at each of these in a little more detail (and I warn you, I will be very `frank’ in this):
1. The `Sauls’. These are the Christian leaders who have firmly aligned themselves with the present order, with it’s compromise, it’s soulish love of `experiences’, it’s rejection of seeking true holiness, it’s love of “pleasures” more than love of God, etc. Sadly, such leaders will often welcome any new Christian fad, so long as it doesn’t `cost’ them too much, and so long as it helps keep the people involved in the church. (This is why they have often welcomed new `church growth’ models and methods, etc). Beyond this, however, they stand firmly for the status quo. The thought of TRUE Reformation would absolutely horrify most of them (which is why they will oppose or persecute any genuine `Davids’ that they can identify). And when the new `David’-type ministries arise in their church, they will often attempt to “stomp” on them, to dominate them, or if that doesn’t work, to limit their influence as much as possible.
To the `Sauls’ of today’s church I believe God would have me say: Because you have made yourselves “lords” over the church in Jesus’ stead, God will snatch the royal scepter from your hands. And because of the compromise that has been found in your mouths for so long, God will lay much of the blame for the sickly state of today’s `lukewarm’ church directly at your feet. You have been rejected by God as being unfit to lead His people. “The kingdom shall be taken from you and given unto another” (See Mt 21:43, 1 Sa 15:22-23, 1 Sa 28:17, etc). “Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no way believe, though a man declare it unto you” (Acts 13:41).
It is interesting to note that the most serious sin that Saul committed in God’s eyes (the sin that finally caused him to be rejected by God as unfit to lead His people) was that after the battle with the Amelikites, Saul compromised what God had said by allowing his men to take the best of the enemy flocks as spoil, instead of killing them all. This `men-pleasing’, rebellious disregard for God’s word, caused Saul to be immediately told that his kingdom would be taken from him and given to another. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king” (1 Sa 15:23). Notice that it was not Saul’s `control’ or domination of the people that caused him to be rejected by God, but rather his WEAKNESS AND COMPROMISE as a leader (ie. his desire to be pleasing and `accommodating’ toward his people at the expense of God’s word). Is it not the same today also?
2. The `Jonathans’. You will no doubt remember how that Jonathan, who was Saul’s son, had a tremendous devotion and love for David. They were like brothers. While Saul went about trying to kill David, Jonathan was doing his best to quietly protect and help him. I believe that there are quite a number of leaders and ministries around the world today who are just like Jonathan. They have definitely been “friends of the true Revival”, But like Jonathan they are caught between their allegiance to the `old’ or existing order, and their affinity with the new ministries – the `Davids’. They want to be part of the great Revival that God is about to send, but they are just too attached to the old system and the old ways to really let go. (`Compromise’, again!) This is a very dangerous position to be in – in a very real way, just as dangerous as that of Saul. For it is very significant that even though Jonathan was a friend of David’s (ie. a friend of the “new move of God”), HE WAS KILLED ON THE SAME BATTLEFIELD AND ON THE SAME DAY THAT SAUL WAS KILLED. Jonathan never got to see or enter into the new move of God at all (ie. the reign of David). In essence, HE SUFFERED EXACTLY THE SAME FATE AS SAUL.
Another thing that is significant about Jonathan was that he was the “heir apparent” (ie. the `obvious’ choice to lead Israel in the new era, when Saul was gone). I believe that many of today’s “Jonathans” are also like this. They are the seemingly `obvious’ Revival-oriented leaders of today – the kind of men who preach on Revival, prophecy and prayer, etc, but in an “acceptable” kind of way. Many of them are truly prophetic, but they fit into the current set-up just a little too well. They have a `reputation’ to uphold in the existing system, and they can be trusted not to say anything too “radical”, or to rock today’s “Laodicean” boat too hard. They are certainly nothing like the stench in Saul’s nostrils that David was. No-one feels particularly `threatened’ by their presence.
As I have said, I believe that there are quite a number of `Jonathans’ in ministry all over the world today. The greatest danger for them is that because of their current respectability and their attachment to the existing order, they just can’t imagine God bringing judgment upon the very systems and `streams’ that they have formed relationships with. They love David and all that he stands for, but they just cannot let go of Saul. Deep in their heart they are still clinging to a kind of `acceptable’ amalgam between both the existing order and also the `new move’ of God. (It will never happen).
Today’s Jonathans would be quite happy if the `new wine’ could somehow be crammed into the old wine skins. They have their feet in both camps. And the terrible likelihood is that when the day of decision dawns, when that fateful hour arrives, because of their double-mindedness they will surely be found with Saul, rather than with David. And this can only result in tragedy. Their failure to see the signs that it is time to finally `abandon’ Saul, and throw in their lot entirely with David, means that they will surely be caught up in the very judgment that falls upon Saul. Sadly, all the signs are there that the cry, “How have the mighty fallen” is again about to ring out in our day.
To give you an idea of what God has been saying to some of the prophets in NZ about the terrible dangers of clinging to the old system, the following is a very pertinent dream that God gave to a local prophet about two years ago:
In the dream, they found themselves standing in a grand old house that had become quite run-down, and was now in a state of decay. Running down into this house were leaking gas pipes, which were literally pumping huge volumes of highly flammable gas into the house. A man and his wife (the owners?) were inside the house also, but though they were obviously aware of the terrible danger of a huge gas explosion, THEY WERE REFUSING TO LEAVE THE HOUSE. Suddenly the prophet was translated to a totally different building altogether, overlooking the old house. This new building was a very modern, spacious, multi-level structure, totally befitting the 1990’s. The prophet was initially on the balcony on about the fourth floor, looking down on the old house, but soon felt drawn inside to a place of greater safety, KNOWING THAT THE SLIGHTEST SPARK WOULD SOON CAUSE AN EXPLOSION IN THE OLD HOUSE THAT WOULD LITERALLY TEAR IT TO PIECES. And it was at this point that the dream ended.
This dream has been confirmed by another very experienced prophet who believes that God has shown him that a time will come when the true prophets will have to strongly warn those in the churches to `come out’ and to get involved with what God is doing on the outside. I believe that this time is very near now (for the early signs of `judgment beginning at the house of God’ are already clearly visible in many churches). However, it is important that we await God’s perfect timing in this `leaving behind’ of the old system. I do believe, though, that God is now calling His people to truly let go of the existing systems and ways in their hearts, in preparation for this time. We cannot afford to be found even partially clinging to `Saul’ (with his compromising, Laodicean, “experience-centered” Christianity) when that hour arrives.
3. The `Davids’. As we have seen, by and large, the reign of king Saul was not a particularly happy time for David. However, I believe that this long, enforced period of brokenness and humility in David’s life was ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in preparing him to become a truly Godly leader of Israel. It was at this time that David could easily have become a `rebel’, deliberately stirring up dissension against Saul in retaliation for the way he was being treated. Remember, David had already been anointed by Samuel as the future leader of Israel. He was a renowned warrior, a natural leader, a mighty man of valor. If he had wanted to, he and his men could have stirred up a great deal of trouble for Saul. But instead, with great patience and forbearance, David endured all things, treating Saul as the “Lord’s anointed”, respecting his authority, not murmuring or causing dissension against him, etc. And I truly believe that we are to be like David in our attitude towards the church leaders in our own situations today.
Even though there must have been times when David felt extremely distressed, angry and hurt at Saul’s treatment of him, he never allowed this to become a festering `wound’ of resentment that would cause him to “react” in rebellion against Saul. I truly believe that if David had acted out of rebellion, then he may well have proven himself to be unworthy of his calling to lead God’s people. I do not believe that God ever sanctions rebellion. In fact, as we have seen, it was because of REBELLION that Saul had been rejected as king in the first place. I believe that God was watching David to make sure that this kind of rebellion was not found in him also. And of course, He is watching us for the self-same reason.
– Andrew Strom
The “Sauls” and the “Jonathans” are spiritually not up to the task. They just do not have the faith, the guts, or the willingness to follow Christ in this way. The content of this book and the calling that the message of this book implicate just do not seem possible to them. They are like the ten spies of Moses. They just cannot see Jesus Christ literally conquering the worldly systems IN and THROUGH the church.
The devil has really hijacked the end times doctrines. He is causing confusion, chaos and fear in order to put, and to keep, people in bondage. He will tighten this evil grip on many Christians in the months and years to come. People do not realize it but the erroneous Roman Catholic end times doctrines really keep people in bondage. If you do not really know what is coming, in this regard, you cannot be an instrument of much use in God’s hand. The traditional expectations of end times events along with the chaos caused by evil nations, organizations and religions really arrested the imaginations of people. The media is flooded with lies about the end times and information about all sorts of dark and evil influences like Freemasonry, Satanism, the New age movement, the Illuminati sect, Buddhism, Spiritualism, Islamism, Humanism, Hinduism and other false religions, movements, demonic organizations, demonic activities and demonic strategies within this whole evil setup.
These negative influences paint a really bad picture. It really appears that the world is going under. It really looks like chaos will prevail and that changes for the better is just impossible. We are bombarded with the dark and skeptic expectations of people. Even Christians, because of a lack of knowledge, are taking part in this dark and negative propaganda. This false reality is always in hour faces. To many people the reality is just too obvious; the end is here, and it is ugly. We will not subdue or submit anything. Everything shall get darker and darker and worse and worse until this planet will not be suitable for human habitation anymore. In fact, evil will reign until everything gets so bad that God will just have to intervene. The popular belief is that God will be obliged to intervene to save the church.
The church made peace with this idea not realizing that it is in fact a very bad idea and actually not true. Such a belief and such expectations is not supported by the Scriptures! To Christians this idea is acceptable if God turns everything around with the second coming of Jesus Christ. Yes He will and can turn everything around but it will still mean that the church, and mankind, have failed to reign over the earth. It will still mean that they failed to subdue the earth even with the living God working “IN” and “THROUGH” them. Even with the living God “IN” us we failed?! That is a lie! Such a failure cannot be undone if God intervenes the way that the Institutionalized church preaches.
God never intended for us to start to reign and then end up loosing the battle so to speak. If that is the case then the sons of God failed also. If the church of the living God fails then we are no better than Adam and Eve. That would be a bitter pill to swallow. Not only for us but also for God. Imagine the sneering laugh of the devil if this was to be true. Imagine the scoffing and boasting: “No God, you could not prevent me from destroying your earth and keeping your people in bondage! They never reigned on this earth! I destroyed your plans!”
If God had to snatch us out of the way to save us, then we did not conquer, then God had to conquer over the earth for us. If this was the truth then we are not over-comers. If God then put us in this God subdued environment and tells us to reign as kings, it would be a scandal. It would be like removing your struggling adult son from behind the wheel of a car, put him in a child play-park in an old car without wheels and ask him to make “broom-broom” sounds with his mouth. “Pretend you are driving son”. Yes, this would just be pretending. It wouldn’t be real.
This is however not what the Bible tells us. Children of God are over-comers. We are so indoctrinated by the Institutionalized church’s end times doctrines that we do not see the truth even if it is as clear as daylight. These false doctrines originated in the Roman Catholic Church and it spread right trough the institutional church. As we all know, not much good came out of the Roman Catholic Church. Not only the corrupt end times doctrines but most false doctrines within the institutionalized church have its origins in the Roman Catholic Church. Although the Protestant Church did undergo a lot of reformations through the years, quite a number of false doctrines were never dealt with.
People read Bible verses about the end times and they do not really understand it. They hear a lot of preaching and they still do not understand it. A lot of prophecies do not really make sense to them. Many notice “strange” Bible verses like some addressing the Christians of that time, telling them of things to happen or to unfold in their time, but they just do not get it. They read all these versus into their own end times beliefs. Yes, quite a lot of those prophecies in Revelations, Daniel and other prophetic books of the Bible point to the future. But folks, a lot of those prophecies already came into fulfillment.
People do not really know how to deal with end times doctrines. Most people do not really care about the end times doctrines. It is just too much confusing information for most Christian believers to deal with. To make it easier for them, most Christians just believe their pastors and teachers no matter what they teach. These people just brush any doubt out of their minds and decide to loyally trust the pastor and his views regarding end times doctrines.
It is really sad that the body of Christ is so ignorant when it comes to the end times doctrines. The good news is that things are slowly changing. More and more pastors and teachers are changing their views about this topic. The truth about the end times will be revealed to the church more and more in the years to come. As God said in Daniel, …and knowledge shall be increased. Just as those early believers understood those prophecies pertaining to the time that they lived in, so we will understand the prophecies pertaining to the time we live in.
Why is there a “progressive” increase in terms of the revelation and knowledge of end times prophecies? Because it unfolds over such a long period of time. This and the fact that God reveals these prophecies as they unfold. The fulfillment of the end times prophecies started with the first coming of Christ, it continued right trough His life on earth, it continued with the judgment and the destruction of Israel, it continued with the judgment of the Roman Empire and other Old Testament nations and kingdoms, it is about to continue now with the restoration of Israel, the revelation of the sons of God and the judgment of Muslim and other heathen nations.
These events might lead directly into the Millennial reign or it might take hundreds of years before the prophecies of the Millennial reign start coming into fulfillment. Never disregard the possibility that we might be in the Millennial reign already.
It is only after the Millennial reign that the final judgment of the heathen nations (Gog and Magog) and the judgment of the white throne of God will take place. We are far from the fulfillment of those prophecies and therefore those prophecies are still very difficult to understand. We do not know exactly how those events will unfold and we will probably not know for a long time to come.
End times prophecies are there to exhort us in the midst of the suffering. It tells us what is happening now, what is about to happen and what we should do to survive these events. It tells us how to deal with it. It tells us to take heart and to persist in our faith. It tells us to stand fast in our faith in Christ. God is in control. It is not there for you to know and to boast about events far in the future that’s got nothing to do with you personally. You wont even be alive anymore when those prophecies come into fulfillment so why should you know it so far in advance? Why should you know the exact sequence of events? My opinion is that this knowledge might only lead to boasting. The end times prophecies in the Bible are primarily there for exhortation and secondarily to lead us in terms of correct strategies to adopt whilst in the midst of those events.
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